Probiotics are promoted to improve digestion, strengthen immunity, help in weight loss and even protect against periodontal disease, among other proposed benefits. Can they really help keep you healthy?
Defecation is taboo as a subject for polite conversation, but most of us nevertheless wonder what qualifies as normal and what stool reveals about health. Here, nine questions about bowel movements—and the surprising answers.
Unlike fats, carbohydrates and protein, most fiber is not broken down as it passes through the small intestine; hence, it supplies no nutrients or calories. Even so, health experts continue to extol its virtues.